Bourne Deeping Dragons Ladies 1st drew 1-1 away at Cambridge South on Saturday.
The Dragons started off well, passing the ball with confidence and precision constantly hassling the opposition’s defence.
There was great play down the left between Jess Teesdale and Emily Murray who linked up well with forward Laura Tompson-Wright. Gemma Catlin took full advantage of an awarded penalty corner seeing her shot on goal sail through the keeper’s legs to find the back of net.
The second half saw Cambridge put the pressure on and the Dragons lost a bit of their shape allowing Cambs to take full advantage and score an equaliser. Dragons took back control and had a few shots go wide. Jan Havemann bulldozed her way through the defence but found herself under pressure and forced off the ball. Another great solo run by Izzie Oakley saw her go past several Cambs players but she lost composure in front of the goal, with the match finishing in a draw.
Player of the match went to Jen Jackson for her great defending.
l Bourne Ladies 2nd drew 0-9 with Wisbech 3rds at Arthur Mellows on Saturday.
A lack of concentration in the first minute cost BDHC a short corner but a solid defence marshalled by Nadine Curtis and Izzie Wilding cleared the danger, getting it out of the D, and through the midfield and straight up the other end in a lightning counter attack which saw Rachel Lloyd fire the ball just wide.
The home side then dominated the next 20 minutes with some great passing hockey and purposeful driving forward from the midfield that saw another near miss from Kirsty Martin from an excellent cross from the wing.
Wisbech’s experienced players were making life difficult though, with injury’s coming to four of BDHC’s players from fiercely stuck hits, but some close marking from skipper Dawn McShane helped to nullify the threat.
Both sides struggled to spend time in the opposition D but Wisbech did manage a flurry of short corners.
The Dragons’ defence held strong, backed up by a fantastic goal line clearance from Eve Greenaway and some amazing saves from Phoebe Martin in the Dragons’ goal; one particular highlight reel save involving an eye watering save, diving into the splits to flick the ball away when it seemed it was already past her. Great runs down the wing from Sofia and join up play through Eve Hilliam-Cooke in the middle, coupled with good marking saw the Dragons keep a clean sheet and a well fought point in this exciting 0-0.
Player of the match was Phoebe Martin, earned for her crucial saves.